The update formerly known as GDR 3 — now referred to as Update 3 for Windows Phone 8 — has finally made its way to the Nokia Lumia 925 on T-Mobile. A number of other handsets have already received this important update over the past months but the software keep rolling out to more devices.
While this is not quite the big update many people were hoping it would be — you’ll have to wait for Windows Phone 8.1 for any major changes — it is still significant and well worth installing.
Full details of what’s included in the update can be found in the Windows blog, but here’s a quick rundown:
- Support for higher resolutions
- Driving Mode: A special mode that limits the number of notifications displayed on-screen so you are able to focus on driving and looking at directions. When you have stopped you can then catch up on any messages or calls you may have missed.
- More useful ringtones: With Update 3, you can use custom ringtones for more things—including instant messages, emails, voicemails, and reminders. You can also assign custom ringtones to contacts for text messages, so you’ll know who’s texting you without even looking.
- No more twist and shout: Does your screen keep spinning when you’re trying to read emails in bed? Use the new rotation lock option to keep it fixed in place.
- Better storage management: New storage settings make it easier to free up space on your phone and manage temporary files. A new category view shows what’s taking up space at a glance.
- Easily close apps: Now you can use the App switcher to quickly close apps when you’re finished with them.
- Wi-Fi access out of the box: You can now connect to Wi-Fi during phone set up, so you can start conserving cellular data right out of the box.
- Better Bluetooth: The team made a bunch of improvements to improve connection quality for Bluetooth accessories.
For most people it should just be a matter of sitting back and waiting for the update to arrive, but if it seems to be taking its time to hit your phone, trying going to Settings > Phone Update > Check for Updates.Further reading: Lumia 925, Windows Phone